BN’s reaction to Bersih is to insult all races, says DAP

By Shannon Teoh
July 12, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 — DAP has flayed Barisan Nasional (BN) for resorting to disrespecting all races in the aftermath of Saturday’s Bersih rally which the opposition insists was multiracial in nature.

Secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said that threatened by mounting public pressure, “BN has once again stopped to its racial games,” referring to attempts by Umno-owned media to portray the gathering for free and fair elections as a ruse by non-Malays who are making use of Malays for their own political gain.

He added that this was compounded by Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam’s remarks that “Chinese love to gamble.”

“First BN leaders insult the Malays, then the Indians and now the Chinese. Is this what they mean by 1 Malaysia?” the Bagan MP asked.

Umno’s Utusan Malaysia has repeatedly blamed PAS for encouraging Malays to be used by Bersih chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and the Chinese-dominated DAP and pitting Malays against each other.

The Penang chief minister said that BN then targeted the Indian community by attacking Ambiga, with both Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali and Mohd Ali calling for her citizenship to be revoked, a demand Lim said was unconstitutional and seditious.

“Now, Ali Rustam is once again displaying his shallow and racist mindset by insulting the Chinese community. The fact is that gambling was never part of the Chinese culture.

“However, because he and the rest of his party are unable to explain why they have to issue gambling licences, they attempt to apportion blame on the Chinese,” Lim added.

Mohd Ali was reported to have made the remark when speaking to reporters after yesterday’s state assembly sitting.

All five DAP assemblymen were suspended from the assembly today after demanding the chief minister retract his statement.

The rally by the electoral reforms movement on Saturday saw tens of thousands pouring into the capital city, plunging it into chaos as police arrested nearly 1,700 in clashes which saw scores injured and one dead.

The last Bersih rally in November 2007 also saw police disperse crowds with tear gas and water cannons.

It was credited with playing a major role in a general election four months later where BN lost its customary two-thirds majority of Parliament, ceding 82 seats and five state governments in its worst ever showing at the polls.

  1. #1 by k1980 on Wednesday, 13 July 2011 - 7:19 am

    True, the chinks do love to gamble.

    But read the papers and almost every day, there are news reports of govt officers belonging to a certain race who are involved in taking bribes and other corrupt practices. One particular individual reported took bribes amounting to RM500 million when ordering a scorpene sub. Of course, he denied being involved in this corrupt practice.

    Which is worse– gambling or corruption?

  2. #2 by dagen on Wednesday, 13 July 2011 - 8:52 am

    Chinese loves to gamble? Not quite accurate, bro. It is more like chinese are fond of taking risks, of which gambling is just one type. Changing the umno government is another risk they are now hell bent on taking. After all, look, umno was given 50 yrs to prove its worthlessness; and hey do not forget this, change will always bring new hope.

    These umno idiots who are supposedly leaders of the country do not even have this basic understanding of their people. Anyhow, this particular umno idiot obviously does not know that gambling is not perculiar to the chinese. The english, as a matter of fact, wagers on all things including, during prince william’s wedding, whether or not kate middleton will arrive before time, on time or late.

    Riding on k1980’s remark, I would add that corruption is patently a risk too for it is a criminal act and the actor risk discovery. But here in malaysia corruption has been institutionalised and also legalised as a ketuanan right. Bribe monies are termed as commissions and agreements were executed to ensure compliance by the parties involved. Curiously, such agreements (esp those involving umnoputras) are still being protected as “official secrets”. Well I suppose, just as see hoi chan would not want people to know how much money they have made from the, say, BU development, umnoputras too would not want to reveal their profits to the world.

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